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The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey

December 14, 2012

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One day, while marking examination papers for his students, Professor Tolkien found himself presented with a blank piece of paper. So delighted was he with having nothing to read, he quickly wrote “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” and so began the story of Mr Bilbo Baggins.

Unless you’ve had your eyes closed when walking down the road in the UK lately, you can’t have missed the myriad of advertising for Pater Jackson’s latest film The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey. Like it’s sequel Lord Of The RingsThe Hobbit has been filmed as a trilogy, An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and There and Back Again (2014), and today is it’s official UK release date.

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Written by J.R.R. Tolkien and set in the fictional world of Middle-earth, the three films follow the Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), hired by the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), to accompany 13 dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on a quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch).

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The quality of the films looks set to be superb, not only from the point of the obsessive attention to detail but Jackson also revealed through his Facebook page that he is filming The Hobbit at 48 fps (frames per second) instead of the normal 24 fps.

He states ” We are indeed shooting at the higher frame rate. The key thing to understand is that this process requires both shooting and projecting at 48 frames/s, rather than the usual 24 frames/s (the great majority of films have been shot at 24 frames per second since the late 1920s). So the result looks like normal speed, but the image has hugely enhanced clarity and smoothness. Looking at 24 frames every second may seem ok—and we’ve all seen thousands of films like this over the last 90 years—but there is often quite a lot of blur in each frame, during fast movements and if the camera is moving around quickly, the image can judder or “strobe.” Shooting and projecting at 48 frames/s does a lot to get rid of these issues. It looks much more lifelike and it is much easier to watch, especially in 3-D ”

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I was enthralled and excited by the films for the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, especially when watching the first one in New Zealand at Christmastime, it somehow made it even more spectacular. So I hope that the magic of the Hobbit can be as good, if not better.

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The Hobbit was originally published on 21 September 1937 to wide critical acclaim, being nominated for the Carnegie Medal and awarded a prize from the New York Herald Tribune for best juvenile fiction. The book remains popular and is recognized as a classic in children’s literature, being published in many countries with different covers, here’s just a few. Including the green cover with a drawing by Tolkien himself for Smaug the dragon. There’s more fascinating information about the creation of the book on the site Tolkien Collector.

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So are we ready for another epic journey ? ….. have you packed your sandwiches ?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 14, 2012 3:27 pm

    It does not disappoint.

    • December 14, 2012 3:56 pm

      Great to hear, have you seen it already then ? I’ve read some poor reviews so will try and see it without expectation and with an open mind.

      • December 14, 2012 7:19 pm

        Yes, saw it yesterday, I enjoyed it, excellent storytelling, awesome visuals- as you say, really crazily good attention to detail. I saw the 3D version, by accident, I was going to avoid it after what some critics said, but it was fine. I re-read the book the other week, which made me enjoy the film even more.I’m seeing it again next week-which I thought would be a mistake- but looking forward to it.

      • December 15, 2012 10:23 am

        Thanks for the update and good to hear the 3-D version is ok too. Hope you enjoy it even more next week : )

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